Welcome new homeschoolers!
There are many reasons why you might be exploring Christopherus. It could be because homeschooling has flowed from how you wish to parent and suits your lifestyle. It could be something you have considered since pregnancy or even before. Some of you reading this will have been homeschooled when children.
Others of you have come to homeschooling because you refuse to bow to government pressure to vaccinate your children or do not agree with how your school has transitioned to zoom classes or is working with mask and other requirements. You have not freely chosen to homeschool—many of you loved your school and school community and your children might sorely miss their beloved teacher and classmates. There are countless reasons for homeschooling and countless ways of how to approach homeschooling. Christopherus is just one of many!
We welcome you all to explore the riches of Christopherus Homeschool Resources.
Homeschooling with Christopherus is one option open to you. We hope you find the following information helpful to you as you review your choices. Do know that our website is extensive and there is an awful lot of information about child development, Waldorf education, Christopherus and homeschooling which you can research here.
We do need to emphasize, in as loving and supportive a way that we can, that Christopherus, like any true Waldorf curriculum, is not ‘open and go.’ There is a considerable learning curve for those of you who were happy Waldorf parents who now have to homeschool. That learning curve also exists for those of you already homeschooling but who have turned to Waldorf education.
It is vital for new homeschoolers to appreciate how homeschooling is utterly different from school and that one has to go beyond any imagination of ‘school at home’—homeschooling, to be an authentic expression of what lives in the family, can only be ‘NOT school at home’! Please be easy on yourself and take it slow. Below, you will find a bit of help. The more you can research about what it means to be a homeschooler, the better. There is much to read throughout our extensive website that should help.
We hope what you find below will help both those new to any kind of homeschooling as well as those new to Waldorf homeschooling.
Here is a blog post called Homeschooling in Extraordinary Circumstances which might help.
And this one, Homeschoolers First and Foremost.
Things to consider:
- Homeschooling is nothing like school – here’s help on being a homeschooler.
- Listen to the recording below for a general orientation to Waldorf homeschooling.
- This recording gives a few practical tips for new Waldorf homeschoolers.
- Here is a link to our free audios and videos.
- Here is a talk outlining how Christopherus is different from other homeschool curriculums.
Our Age Guide will help you know where to start with our materials.
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And don’t forget to look on our Networking page for links to fellow Waldorf homeschoolers.
Join our new discussion forum for support from other Christopherus families and from Donna–emails, livestreams, and archived videos.